Custom Cakes, Y’all – From a Highland Park Grad

After baking and decorating her way through Austin and New York, Samantha Cade has returned to her hometown and introduced Cade’s Cakes. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

What do a stack of pancakes, a Mi Cocina margarita, a Queen of Hearts, and Coco Chanel lipstick have in common? All have been turned into the most delicious cakes by Samantha Cade of Cade’s Cakes.

Since her days at Highland Park High School, Samantha Cade has dreamed of owning her own bakery. In high school, she worked, first at the cash register and later in the kitchen, at Tart Bakery, and began to take custom orders when she moved down to Austin to study Business Management at the University of Texas.

“In Austin, I started making 25 cakes a week,” Cade says. “I was baking way more than I was studying.”

After two years of struggling to balance life in the kitchen with life in the books, she moved to New York City to attend the Pastry Program at the International Culinary Institute. After completing her pastry degree, she worked as Head Baker at Momofuku Milk Bar, one of the most prestigious, creative bakeries in New York City.

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“On a slow day, we were baking 5,000 cookies a day,” Cade laughs. “It was amazing! I learned so much about the production side, how to be more efficient and organized when baking.”

Cade has been back in Dallas for a little over a month and has been booked solid every week. She spends her mornings baking and her afternoons decorating. On the weekdays, she is up and baking at the reasonable hour of 7 a.m., but on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Cade begins at 4 a.m. Her goal is to start and finish a cake the day before pick-up. That way, the cake is fresh for the occasion, and every morning she is starting new, not worrying about finishing tasks from the day before.

“My favorite cakes are definitely the food cakes,” she says. “Just last week, I did a Chick-fil-A cake that looked like a box of Chick-N-Minis. When I get to do a cheeseburger or donut cake, I’m completely in my element.”

By this time next year, Cade hopes to open a storefront in Dallas, and dreams of opening a second location in Austin sometime in the future. When she’s not baking or decorating, you can find her out running on the Katy Trail. So keep a look out—whether it’s at the next birthday party you attend or on the trail, Samantha Cade is back in town, and she’s baking up a storm.

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President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.  

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